Winter For Emily Brabbs

Winter in Morzine is not just for the skiers and snowboarders among us (though the Portes du Soleil area does do a fantastic job at keeping them entertained!) However, if you’re not into sliding down mountains, or you're looking for something extra to really make your ski holiday, Morzine has a plethora of activities on offer. 
An alternative way of sliding around in frozen water is ice hockey, so naturally Morzine has its very own ice hockey team, known as the Penguins. The team play regularly throughout the winter season at the indoor ice rink in the Palais du Sport underneath the the suspension bridge. Snacks and drinks are available throughout the match.  Expect a fantastically exciting game and a lively atmosphere - a great night out for young and old alike. 
Just next to the Palais du Sport, is the aquatic centre. This is a large swimming pool complex with a full size swimming pool and a separate children's pool. It feels pretty special to be doing lengths with a view of the mountains!  There is also has a relaxation area, complete with sauna and steam room. A great way to relax and smooth tired muscles from whatever activity you've been doing! 
Also in the valley that divides the two sides of Morzine runs the river Dranse. Either side of the river is a well maintained footpath, great for walking and running. When you're walking along the river surrounded by trees it's hard to believe you're in the middle of a town! There are even fitness stations at intervals along the river so you can challenge yourself to a go on the monkey bars, or a few sit ups. 
After all that activity you and your party are sure to be ready for some food. As well as the many fantastic local restaurants there are a couple of alternative ways of experiencing local cuisine:
Wednesday morning brings the local market to town. Based in the Carrefour car park, vendors sell fresh local produce from the haute Savoie region. You can expect to find meat, fish, fruit, veg, cheese and charcuterie. A great place to pick up some local produce to create your own traditional meal. 
Another great option to re-create a traditional Haute Savoie meal in the comfort of your chalet or apartment is to head to one of many cheese and charcuterie shops in town. Most have packages available that provide you with everything you need to make your own raclette or fondu, and they are often able to rent you the equipment as well if there is not one in your chalet or apartment already. A little more washing up but a more cost effective way of trying something new!

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